Associate Professor

Michael DrescherDegrees

Ph.D. Ecology and Resource Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2003

MSc Ecology, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 1998

Affiliated Faculty of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

Contact information

519-888-4567 ext. 48795
Location: EV3 3213

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Environmental conservation and natural resource use on private lands

  • Socio-psychological determinants of conservation behaviours
  • Socio-economic dynamics as drivers of land use changes

Climate change and land use effects on temperate and boreal forests

  • Winter ecological effects on forest dynamics
  • Land use impacts on forests
  • Urban forest restoration ecology

Alternative knowledge sources and their applications in natural resource management and planning

  • Methodology of expert knowledge applications
  • Application of alternative knowledge sources in forest management and planning

Contact Michael Drescher for more information on research opportunities for students.

Research projects

  • Psycho-social links of rural landowners to their land as determinants of stewardship ethic (PI, 2011-present) University of Waterloo
  • Snow and frost regimes in Central Ontario and their effects on soil temperature dynamics and tree species composition (PI, 2009–present) University of Toronto and University of Waterloo
  • Spatial community structure of old growth Great Lakes-St  Lawrence Forest (Co-Investigator, 2008–2010) University of Toronto
  • Expert knowledge of forest resource dynamics – its nature and applications (PI, 2005–2008) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Long-term forecasts of forest landscape dynamics in boreal Ontario (Co-investigator, 2005–2008) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Recent/key publications

  • Drescher, M., Warriner, G.K., Farmer, J.R., and Larson, B.M.H. 2017. Private landowners and environmental conservation: a case study of social-psychological determinants of conservation program participation in Ontario. Ecology and Society 22(1):44.
  • Farmer, J.R., Ma, Z., Drescher, M., Knackmuhs, E.G. and Dickinson, S. L. 2017. Private Landowners, Voluntary Conservation Programs, and Implementation of Conservation Friendly Land Management Practices. Conservation Letters 10: 58–66. doi:10.1111/conl.12241
  • Farmer, J.R., Brenner, J.C., Drescher, M., Dickinson, S., and Knackmuhs, E.G. 2016. Perpetual private land conservation: the case for outdoor recreation and functional leisure. Ecology and Society 21(2):46.
  • Huang, D., and Drescher, M. 2015. Urban crops and livestock: The experiences, challenges, and opportunities of planning for urban agriculture in two Canadian provinces. Land Use Policy 43: 1-14.
  • Drescher, M. 2014. Snow cover manipulations and passive warming affect post-winter seed germination: a case study of three cold-temperate tree species. Climate Research 60(3): 175-186.
  • Drescher, M. 2014. What is it like to take care of the land? Toward an understanding of private land conservation. Rural Society 23(2): 117–132.
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Johnson, C.J., Buse, L.J., Drew, C.A., and Burgman, M.A. 2013. Toward rigorous use of expert knowledge in ecological research. Ecosphere 4(7): art83.
  • Drescher, M., and Thomas, S.C. 2013. Snow cover manipulations alter survival of early life stages of cold-temperate tree species. Oikos 122(4): 541-554.
  • Banin, L., Feldpausch, T.R., Phillips, O.L., et al. 2012. What controls tropical forest architecture? Testing environmental, structural and floristic drivers. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 1179-1190.
  • Feldpausch, T.R., Banin, L., Phillips, O.L., et al. 2011. Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees. Biogeosciences 8: 1081-1106.
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2010. Comparing two sets of forest cover change knowledge used in forest landscape management planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53: 591-613.
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2010. A network approach for communicating and evaluating forest change models. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 57-66.
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Buse, L.J., Ride, K., and Vasiliauskas, S. 2008. Uncertainty in expert knowledge of forest succession: a case study from boreal Ontario. Forestry Chronicle 84: 194-209.
  • Langevelde, F. van, Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A, and Prins, H.H.T. 2008. Modelling instantaneous intake rate of herbivores as function of forage quality and mass: effects on facilitative and competitive interactions between differently sized herbivores. Ecological Modelling 213(3-4): 273-284.
  • Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A., Brink, P.J. van den, and Prins, H.H.T. 2006. Effects of sward structure on herbivore foraging behaviour in a South African savannah: an investigation of the forage maturation hypothesis. Austral Ecology 31: 76-87.
  • Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A., Raats, J.G., and Prins, H.H.T. 2006. The role of grass stems as structural foraging deterrents and their effects on the foraging behaviour of cattle. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 101(1-2): 10-26.

Courses taught

  • PLAN 104 Perspectives on Planning
  • PLAN 340 Ecology-Based Policy-Making
  • PLAN 452/652 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • PLAN 474/674 Rural Resilience, Development and Planning
  • ENVS 469 held with PLAN 669 Landscape Ecology, Restoration and Rehabilitation
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